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City College of New York (New York, NY 10016-4309)
Alberto Hernandez Banucchi (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

The Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Audiovisual Collection Preservation Assessment

The preservation assessment of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Library and Archives Unit’s audiovisual holdings, which document the Puerto Rican migration and cultural experience in the United States from the 1930s to the present, including prominent writers, musicians, politicians, community activists, and labor leaders.  Among the many highlights of the audiovisual collection are extensive oral history interviews with Ruth M. Reynolds, a key figure in Puerto Rico’s independence movement; unseen footage of legendary Cuban musician Machito; and interviews, public appearances, and performances by authors such as Pura Belpré, Clemente Soto Vélez, Pedro Pietri, and Ed Vega.

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Library and Archives Unit (“Centro”) seeks funding to hire the professional services of a preservation consultant to perform an assessment of the Centro’s audiovisual holdings. The consultant will inspect storage facilities, survey current macro and micro environments, advise on best practices for arrangement and description, and prioritize recommended actions for long-term care based on uniqueness, condition, and format obsolescence. The Center’s audiovisual holdings include: photographs and negatives, 3,000 slides, 75 16mm films, 500 videos, 300 mini-DVDs, 2,000 audiocassettes, 1,300 sound recordings (LP), 100 DVDs, 300 CDs, and floppy disks. The resulting report will help guide Centro’s future preservation activities by providing short- and long-term recommendations.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,804 (approved)
$5,716 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016